Process Timer

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  1. Brian Jeffery

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    I'm currently using a standard LCD digital (kitchen) timer to time my film and paper development. As a timer it works fine. However, it has one annoying problem: it wakes the neighbourhood. What I'm after is a timer that has a single ping, or something, at the end of the timed period, rather a continuous alarm that need to be cancelled by the user. Does such a device exist?


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    I've got a small handheld kitchen timer. It beeps at the end of the time then beeps again 1 minute later. You do need to stop the beep but it's not loud enough to wake the dead.
     
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    I use the timer on the microwave oven, but then I do my developing in tubes in the kitchen!
     
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    I use a pocket PC with a program I wrote myself.
     
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    Perhaps there are slots or holes on the timer case where the sound is coming from? If so, a piece of electrical or other tape should muffle it noticably.
     
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    Durst Coltim , only problem is it is 30 second increments. Clockwork with a fluorescent dial and a single reassuring 'ping' at the end of each operation ( can go up to 30 min with almost infinite number of steps). I've seen them on e-bay and at secondhanddarkroom.

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    30 second intervals will be fine for prints. I can put up with the other timer for films.

    A big thankyou to everyone who replied to this thread.


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    Try a cheap pocket tape recorder with each stage recorded. Works wonders for 'all in the dark' processes such as E6 hand lines...

    Cheers,

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    Hmm, interesting idea. Might be worth a try.

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    Just make sure you have fresh batteries in the cheap pocket recorder, voice of experience here!

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    At the risk of heresy....

    MP3 recordings and audio editing software and a burned CD or MP3 player with speakers may be better. Unless you have tape editing capabilities, it is tough to adjust timing or to change just one part of the process on a tape.

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    I can see it now - a new database of times for different combinations of developers/etc. ... Based on songs:smile:

    Fine with me - develop tri-x at 72 degrees for duration of stairway to heaven ...

    Remember to continue ...
     
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    A Paterson triple timer is a simple, inexpensive process timer with up to 3 consecutive steps.

    Beyond that, you can sometimes get a Jobo process timer reasonably on Ebay. I also have a Gralab 9000 but I find it annoying to use.
     
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    Been done. I understand that George Eastman used to time his development experiments by singing short musical pieces. But I don't think he was a big Led Zep fan.

    Lee